NEWLETTERS

Important information for returning to Stepping Stones in September

PLEASE CHECK IN ON FACEBOOK AND TAPESTRY DURING THE HOLIDAYS FOR EXTRA INFORMATION

FIRSTLY A HUGE GOODBYE AND THANKYOU TO THE CHILDREN AND PARENTS WHO ARE JUST LEAVING US TO GO ON TO BIG SCHOOL.

UNIFORM

-       Shorts / loose trousers/joggers/leggings (jeans are not ideal for pre-school)

Shorts are preferred during the first half term, as it is usually still warm

-       Short sleeved t-shirt

-       Long sleeved sweatshirt/hoody

-       Stepping Stones t-shirts + jumpers are available to buy if you wish for £5 and £8

-       Velcro trainers for climbing + exploring outside and to help independence

-       Sun hat (named) and sun cream applied everyday

-       A thin waterproof coat/body warmer (they will not need a thick waterproof coat until after half term!)

Children will no longer be required to bring in a water bottle every day, if they are here for lunch, they can have a small drink in their lunch box.

 

CHANGE BAG

EACH CHILD WILL NEED…(in a small child size rucksack so if we go for a walk they can carry it with them.)

-       2 FULL changes of clothes practical for the weather (i.e shorts, t-shirts, underwear for the first half term, joggers, t-shirts, jumper, and underwear after half term)

-       If your child is still toilet training more bottom half changes will possibly be required

-       A thin waterproof coat/body warmer (they will not need a thick waterproof coat until after half term!)

-       Nappies/pull ups and wipes if not yet toilet trained

 

PLEASE provide a NAMED pair of wellies that can be kept at pre-school – remember when you buy bigger shoes, they will also require bigger wellies!

 

LUNCHES

-       If your child is staying for a full day session or attending the afternoon session they will require a packed lunch and small drink, (we will put some lunch box ideas up on tapestry memos for you to see)

-       A selection of small pots with a variety of things your child likes to eat works best so they have a choice but are not overwhelmed with bags and bags of foods

-       If your child needs a spoon for yoghurt or fork for pasta please put one in their lunch box.

-       Make it interesting, children are more likely to eat a sandwich in the shape of a dinosaur/car/star than a big rectangle covered with crust!

-       Please note a sandwich for a child of this age needs only to be one slice of bread folded in half.

 

OTHER INFORMATION

-       Unfunded sessions for 3 + 4-year-olds will be £5.00 per hour (£15 per morning/afternoon) and for 2-year-olds will be £5.50 per hour (£16.50 per afternoon)

-       Our sessions finish at 12 noon and 3pm PROMPT please be here and ready to collect by these times

-       There is no provision for late collections, however if an unavoidable situation arises, with a phone call made, late collections will be charged at the hourly rate for each 15 minutes of lateness

i.e if a child is collected 5-15 minutes late = £5/£5.50,

15-30 minutes late = £10/£11

 

Please inform us at jana_preschool@newlyn.tpacademytrust.org (note underscore after jana) or steppingstones@newlyn.tpacademytrust.org if you would like your child to attend in or after September

 

We look forward to welcoming you and your children back on WEDNESDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER

HAVE A LOVELY SAFE SUMMER!

Our vision is: “Big journeys begin with small Stepping Stones”

Dear one and all,                                                                                                               June 2022

We are now into our second theme for the summer term, during which we will enjoy our learning in the great outdoors, in the tree house and pretending that the sand area is a beach, where we can build St Michael’s Mount, create our own waterfalls, chase our own shadows, and get messy in the mud kitchen!!

For the children leaving at the end of this term and starting school:

We will be holding a Graduation Celebration on Thursday 14th July at 9.30am, this will take place in the school hall, we will provide further information about this shortly, along with a letter and reply slip to inform us of how many people you would like to attend.

For those moving into Newlyn school, we will be taking your child across for transition sessions during the morning of Tuesday 21st June and during the afternoon of Thursday 30th June. We will also have a school lunch on Wednesday 6th July (if your child usually leaves at 12 on this day please collect them at 12.30 via the back gate). If your child does not usually attend those sessions, you can still bring them in for the transition period.

HEALTH AND SAFETY: is hugely important to us all…….

Please help us to continue to keep safe by locking doors and gates, and adhering to our

sun safe procedure, a copy is displayed on the noticeboard and web site www.newlynschool.co.uk

We continue with our commitments to Healthy Early Years and Healthy Movers

 

If you have not already done so, please inform us of the hours you would like your child to attend in September, the pre-school children (born between 01/09/18 and 31/08/19) would HUGELY benefit from attending every morning session which is more curriculum based, the afternoon sessions are catered more for the younger children (2years+) and are more play based.

 

** IF YOU ARE ENTITLED TO 30 HOURS OF FUNDING NEXT TERM, PLEASE GIVE US YOUR CODE BY MID JULY-information can be found on www.supportincornwall.org.uk/childcare

If you have any further ideas that you would like to share with us electronically, please see our Facebook: Stepping Stones Preschool, Newlyn; email us at: steppingstones@newlyn.cornwall.sch.uk

or log onto the web site www.newlynschool.co.uk (search Stepping Stones)

Please remember that we have a strict 48hr policy on sickness/diarrhoea to prevent it spreading through the pre-school, allow 48 hours from the last episode before returning to us. We must also add that although our messaging service is always available on Facebook, you may not get a reply until 8am the next working day, this is to allow our staff their personal time away from work.

 

The last day of term will be Thursday 21st July.

                                                                                                                        

www.newlynschool.co.uk                                               email:steppingstones@newlyn.cornwall.sch.uk                                                                           Phone      01736363050          Facebook:  SteppingStones.Newlyn

Quality Assured “For one child and all children”                Healthy Early Years 2019                                                                 Our vision is: “Big journeys begin with small Stepping Stones”

Dear parents and families                                                                                       May 2022

We hope you all enjoyed the Spring break, and welcome you back to Stepping Stones. This term we hope to be enjoying some lovely weather, exploring and investigating “all creatures GREAT and small” which will include, among other things, animals in the jungle and on the farm; the life cycles of frogs, butterflies, birds and creepy crawlies! Our celebrations include…the Pre-school children visiting Trink Dairy for their end of Stepping Stones trip (you should have received a letter about this), as well as  a celebratory Jubilee outdoor lunch (more details to follow) and of course a Graduation service for our Pre-school children before they leave us for BIG school (more details after half term).

This term we are trying to grow some Butterflies, frogs and chickens!, so make sure you keep an eye on Tapestry for updates to talk about them with your children!

Thank you to all for helping to raise £25 for Comic Relief

HEALTH AND SAFETY:

Please help us to continue to keep safe by keeping doors and gates shut, and adhering to our

sun safe procedure, a copy is displayed on the web site www.newlynschool.co.uk

  • Dress child in sensible clothes and shoes and apply sunscreen before coming to Stepping Stones. We will supply a suitable brand of at least “factor30” sunscreen and ask for your written consent if you wish us to help your child re-apply it during the day.

We have sun hats readily available for your child to wear.

We will be having a pre-school group photo on Wednesday 18th May, if your pre-school child does not usually attend on that day please speak to Jana.

 

We are hoping to have an outdoor ‘Jubilee celebratory lunch’ for all of the children on Thursday 26th May (due to pre-schoolers not being in on Fridays), more details will follow shortly

 

Stepping Stones coloured t-shirts are available at £5.00 each; plus sweatshirts at £8.00.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO RING US ON 01736 363050 IF YOUR CHILD WILL NOT BE IN FOR THEIR SESSION FOR ANY REASON, PLEASE CONTACT US BY 8.45 IF IT IS A MORNING SESSION AND 11.30 IF IT IS AN AFTERNOON SESSION. MANY THANKS

 

PTO

Your child’s Progress

We hope you are all now getting used to finding your child’s observations and information on Tapestry, if you have any problems with it, please ask a member of staff. As you can see your child’s progress at a glance whenever you like and there are no longer age-related targets, we do not feel the need for individual parent meetings, however if you would still like to discuss how your child is getting on more formally or do not understand the process please ask and we can arrange a time to have a short meeting.

Pupil Premium Update we are continuing to focus on our social skills, whilst promoting our commitment to healthy lifestyles and choices, including healthy eating, healthy moving and healthy tooth care. This term we will also focus on how to prepare for “transition”- the next big step in your child’s life. By now you should have received confirmation of a school placement...if you have any problems, perhaps we could help?

 

 

This half term will end on Friday 27th May, to return on Monday 6th June.         

Keep safe and well! 

Many thanks,           

Sue and Co   

STEPPING STONES LATEST NEWSLETTER

www.newlynschool.co.uk                                      email:steppingstones@newlyn.cornwall.sch.uk                                                                      Phone      01736363050          Facebook:  SteppingStones.Newlyn

Quality Assured “For one child and all children”             Healthy Early Years 2019                                                                 Our vision is: “Big journeys begin with small Stepping Stones”

Dear parents and families                                                                                      March 2022 

** UPDATES TO NEWSLETTER OF JANUARY 2022 please ask if you require a duplicate copy:

As we begin another half term, we plan to think about the People who help us, especially on Mothering Sunday, and how we can help others for Comic Relief, before we celebrate Easter together. We will learn about our emergency services, and the recycling of materials to help our planet.Our celebrations include Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday), World Book Day, and St.Piran’s Day and we will be making plans to support Comic Relief very soon.

We will post further details on the daily easel, and on the Tapestry System

Please will you take part in the questionnaire that Jana will ask you, regarding the way we share our online learning journey through Tapestry with you. We feel that it shows such an amazing insight into your little ones learning experiences, achievements and progress, and wish to know how you feel.  

Covid measures:

What can we do now to protect ourselves

Individuals can still reduce the risk of catching and passing on Covid-19. The best way to live safely with COVID-19 is to:

  1. Get vaccinated. Children aged 12+ or who are high risk can get a vaccine. Children over five who are not high risk will be invited to get the vaccine from April
  2. Let fresh air in if meeting indoors or try to meet outside
  3. Wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, especially where you come into contact with people you do not usually meet
  4. Stay at home if you are unwell, even if you think it’s just a cold
  5. Taking a test if you have covid symptoms (if you have a new continuous cough, high temperature or loss or taste and/or smell). Stay at home for seven days unless you have a negative LFD test result on days five and six
  6. Wash your hands and follow the advice to ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ if you are going to cough or sneeze.

Please continue to assess the health of yourself and family before bringing your children into school, as an outbreak of Covid 19 may still involve widespread transmission and the closure of the setting

This term will end on Wednesday 6th April for Easter, to return on Monday 25th April.         Keep safe and well! Many thanks,            Sue and Co